We’ve all come across those inspiring people who seem to reek brilliance. They say what we wish we would have said. Write what we’ve been thinking…sometimes before we knew we were. Create things we’d never dreamed of before.
And every once in awhile, you’re lucky enough to know them personally. To be able to reach out directly and setup drinks with them. Pick their brain. Let their genius rub off on you.
For me, that’s Jeb Banner—CEO of SmallBox, an Indianapolis-based web design and marketing company.
And what’s great about Jeb is that you too could probably connect with him just as easily. He’s incredibly approachable. And more than that, he’s self-effacing. Every time I set something up with him the first question out of his mouth is: “What can I do for you?” And the last question: “Anything else I can do to help?” He doesn’t go on and on and on about his accomplishments. He wants to hear your story and wants to see what your needs are first. So refreshing these days.
Maybe that’s because he grew up in my hometown of South Bend, Indiana? Or maybe he’s just a good guy. A rare breed. Someone who presents some things to emulate. I even thought about putting his picture on this blog, but then decided otherwise. It’s not his style. He’d prefer an X mark his spot instead.
Well, all that’s just to set the stage for Jeb. Maybe he’ll inspire you, too, thru his 2013 TEDxIndianapolis Talk: “Everything I know about business I learned from being in a band.” He talks about how leadership, collaboration, creativity and compromise can all be expressed and developed while playing in a band.
Maybe I should have stuck with this piano lessons.